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Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 38, Issue 9, pp 925–928 | Cite as

Subchondral insufficiency fracture of the femoral head after liver transplantation

  • Kenyu Iwasaki
  • Takuaki YamamotoEmail author
  • Yasuharu Nakashima
  • Taro Mawatari
  • Goro Motomura
  • Satoshi Ikemura
  • Yukihide Iwamoto
Case Report

Abstract

A 53-year-old woman developed a subchondral insufficiency fracture of the right femoral head after undergoing a liver transplantation. Radiographs obtained at her first visit demonstrated a slight subchondral collapse in the superolateral portion of the femoral head. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) disclosed an irregular, discontinuous, low-intensity band on the T1-weighted image. After 7 months of conservative treatment, the hip pain and the radiograph abnormalities had both disappeared. On the follow-up T1-weighted MR image obtained 17 months after the onset, the band of low signal intensity was not obvious. A subchondral insufficiency fracture is one of the diagnoses to be considered in patients presenting with hip pain after a liver transplantation.

Keywords

Subchondral insufficiency fracture Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) Liver transplantation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenyu Iwasaki
    • 1
  • Takuaki Yamamoto
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yasuharu Nakashima
    • 1
  • Taro Mawatari
    • 1
  • Goro Motomura
    • 1
  • Satoshi Ikemura
    • 1
  • Yukihide Iwamoto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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